Tuesday, May 3, 2022
1pm ET
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As part of the UNPFII Twenty-First Session, join the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples leadership in a virtual discussion on the educational experience of off-reserve Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights upholds that education is a fundamental human right for everyone and its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples it detailed what this meant for Indigenous peoples.

• Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.
• Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination.
• States shall, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, take effective measures, in order for indigenous individuals, particularly children, including those living outside their communities, to have access, when possible, to an education in their own culture and provided in their own language.

These goals are admirable but despite Canada signing onto the Declaration and enacting legislation to implement UNDRIP, little has or is being done to ensure that non-status and off-reserve Indigenous peoples can access these rights. In fact, the Government of Canada has provided less access to educational programing and failed to provide any supports to this community. This action or lack off, has further marginalized the community and is creating an Indigenous underclass. This presentation aims to:

• Give participants a clear understanding the non-status and off-reserve community.
• Provide overview of education barriers and disparities among Indigenous peoples in Canada.
• Hear recommendations to address these disparities.
• Allow space to share best practices and experience.

**Simultaneous interpretation in French & English will be available**

Register to join here!